We're two sisters who are craft book publishers and found ourselves in the midst of an avocado grove. We bought this house where we planned to conduct our publishing business and in the deal got 4 acres of avocado trees thrown in. Now we're not only publishers but ranchers as well! This blog is all about avocados and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Awesome Avocado

Some friends of mine came up with this avocado cookbook a few years ago. They had a shop in Fallbrook that sold all things avocado. When visitors come to Fallbrook, they want to take something home that reminds them of this quaint village and since fresh avocados don't last too long, they want something more durable. At the shop they could purchase avocado ripening bags, kitchen towels with avocados embroidered along the border, avocado hand cream. You name it, if it had an avocado on it or in it, they stocked it. And they also sold this cook book.

One of the recipes from the book caught my eye - Deviled Eggs with Avocado. Mmmmmm. Doesn't that sound delicious. I love deviled eggs, but have never tried them with avocado. Here's the recipe.

Deviled Eggs with Avocado

6 eggs, hard boiled
1 large avocado, mashed
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp chives, chopped
1 to 2 tbs chopped capers or
pepperoncini peppers

Slice the eggs lengthwise in half and remove the yolks. The yolks may be discarded or used mixed in with the mashed avocado.

Combine all the ingredients (except the chives) and stir them together until well mixed. Fill each egg with the avocado mixture. Sprinkle with chives.

(photo courtesy California Avocado Commission avocado.org)

Jodi Snyder who was the author of this cookbook (along with Patsy Needham and Irene Christian) is a talented cook.  She was previously the owner of The Lace Apron, a fantastic restaurant/bakery in Fallbrook. Just thinking about her lemon squares and pecan squares makes me so hungry. But alas, she sold the Lace Apron several years ago and it has since gone the way of other great eateries.

When we were asked (Banar Designs, that is) to work on a cookbook project called Great American Home Baking, the first person we called was Jodi. Along with her and several other talented cooks and testers, we worked on that cooking project for a year. It's from International Masters Publishers IMP. Here's the link: Great American Home Baking. It was quite a project and we were so proud of  ourselves when it was over that we had a wrap party at Jodi's and invited everyone that had participated. Here's Jodi (on the right) and I in her fabulous kitchen mixing up a salad for the party.


  1. Too bad about that little shop closing. I bought quite a few ripening bags from her and loved the hand cream. Today, I stopped on Main street and looked in on the current occupant of the Lace Apron. I hope he's successful in that spot. Main could really use a pick-up in foot traffic.
    See you tomorrow.

  2. Hi Helen,
    I noticed the last time I was in the knit shop on Main Street that Patsy (the person who originally owned the avocado shop) has some of her embroidered avocado things for sale. They make nice Fallbrook souvenirs.
    Dominics will definitely make it. His other shop near Union Bank has been there forever. His sandwiches are really great. But I sure miss the Lace Apron.

  3. YUM! The deviled eggs with avo sound so good. Are you going to try that recipe? Wish you could send me some of those.

    And Jodi's kitchen does look great. Love that photo of you two.

  4. hi megan,
    yes, i'm definitely going to try the deviled egg recipe. I have lots of ripe avocados right now - so it's the perfect time. I'd love to send you some, but doubt if they'd make the trip without being smooshed. But since you have so many avos now, you should try the eggs too.

  5. i'm loving your blog...i must come back and try some of your recipes...i must admit i don't do too much with mine.

  6. thanks so much for listing my martinis. Love your site. thanks!!!Jocelyn